Court Restrains Police, DSS, Minister Of Justice Over Senate Invasion

Delia Walker
April 21, 2018

On Wednesday, at about 11.30am, five persons beat the security in the National Assembly and snatched the mace, while the day's legislative business was ongoing.

Mace returned Earlier, while Senate was in closeddoor session, the stolen mace was returned to the National Assembly by Police officers, led by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operations, Habila Joshak, at exactly 11:55am.

Police have recovered the Nigerian Senate's ceremonial mace from under a flyover after it was stolen by a group of men who burst into the chamber.

Omo-Agege has since denied his involvement in the incident.

The police chief has ordered security is to be beefed up at parliament as a outcome.

He was briefly detained by the police on Wednesday after he was "arrested" at the premises of the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the leadership of the Senate yesterday reviewed the incident and has identified some of the lawmakers behind the plot to disrupt the activities of the chamber.

The mace of the Senate was forcefully taken away by some hoodlum at the Senate Chamber.

"The suspension notwithstanding, the Sergeant-at-Arms and the security operative (s) in charge of the National Assembly and the Senate have a case to answer for allowing a "suspended" Senator access to the Senate Chambers". Comrade Aremu said what the Senate just witnessed had been "the routine lots of many defenseless Nigerians, who are daily physically assaulted by criminals in homes, on the roads and in their communities".

However, on Wednesday, the suspended Senator resurfaced at the National Assembly.

Ekweremadu announced the intention of the Senate to invite Idris and Daura next week to brief them on whatever they have found out in their investigation of the matter. We'll get to the root of this matter.

Ruling on the applicant' ex parte application on Thursday, Justice Bello restrained the four respondents from arresting Omo-Agege pending the hearing of the senator's motion on notice.

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